Jacob Hornberger has this post on the power of military indoctrination.
Here is a good Jacob Hornberger for President campaign ad:
Brandon Smith: The war pigs are finally revealing themselves.
Nathan Robinson on how to avoid swallowing war propaganda.
Becky Akers: An embarrassment of embassies.
Target Liberty with an article on FBI spying on domestic American organizations, including CATO Institute and Campaign for Liberty.
Jacob Hornberger says the U.S. is Assassination Nation.
Andrew Bacevich: America has a Samson problem.
Karen Kwiatkowski asks, Plan E?
David Stockman: The Donald’s assassination of Gen. Soleimani – as stupid as it gets.
William Anderson: The federal “crimes” of the college admissions scandal aren’t real crimes.
Laurence Vance asks, Why do Christian groups support anti-Christian legislation?, and has an article on unlibertarian libertarianism.
Jeff Deist has some thoughts on Tyler Cowen’s “State Capacity Libertarianism.”
Sheldon Richman: Trump’s escalation imperils innocents.
Gareth Porter: Pompeo’s Gulf of Tonkin incident.
Daniel Lazare asks, Who created the Persian Gulf tinderbox?
The Last Refuge asks, Has Trump forgotten about the declassification material he delayed then deferred?
Fox Business with an article on Hunter Biden linked to 2016 identity theft involving deceased brother.
Jack Cashill: Ukrainian 752 shoot-down mirrors fate of TWA 800.
Walter Williams: The new racism.
And Ira Katz on gratitude, and Greta Thunberg.
Scott Horton of Antiwar.com has this article asking, Iraq War IV? and gives a lot of the history of U.S. government and military/CIA aggressions in the Middle East, and includes a lot of summary and analysis of events including over the past two years. He mentions the neocons and their roles in war-planning, and the evil Bush Presidents.
But, as some commenters note, he doesn’t really give much attention to Israel and its influence on U.S. foreign policy especially in Middle East.
The late Justin Raimondo, co-founder of Antiwar.com, had a 3-part series in 2012 on the roots of the Iranian “crisis,” and in Part 2, he states “It’s all about Israel.” Oh, is it, really? Do the Israelis have that much control over U.S. foreign policy? And if so, why? Raimondo also has written about the Israel angle of the 9/11 story, in this 2010 column.
The Israelis have been wanting to bomb Iran for decades, but really they have wanted the U.S. government to do it for them.
Bibi Rebozo Bibi Nutty-Yahoo Bibi Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders have been saying for many years that Iran is an “existential threat” to Israel. Yet, as the writers at Antiwar.com have pointed out many times, there are no facts to back that up. Israel has the strongest military in that whole region, and they have a hundred or 200 nukes.
But the conservatives in America, especially the talk radio crowd, seem to believe every word of the propaganda that Nutty-Yahoo and his U.S. slobberers disseminate. And yes, they are slobbering over the Israeli leader. Just watch his speeches before Congress, in which the obedient slaves cheer on just about every sentence he utters. They act that way because they are cowards and afraid of looking like they are anti-Semites if they don’t give him a standing ovation for his every word. Yet, like them, he is a buffoonish bureaucrat, and that can be better understood by seeing this.
As I mentioned recently, much of the Israeli influence on U.S. foreign policy, besides the Israeli bureaucrats themselves, comes from the Christian Zionists, who “love Israel” and “the Jews,” because they are True Believers in the Bible and Biblical scriptures. They believe in the “End Times” and the “Rapture,” and that “the Jews” will convert to a belief in Jesus as THE Lord and Savior in order to be “saved” when the “End Times” arrive. In fact, Justin Raimondo elaborated on that very aspect of all this in this article on the Israeli “Amen Corner.” And some of the Christian Zionist Bible-thumpers are real nutsos in their wanting to make the “End Times” happen if you know what I mean. It is possible that George W. Bush, our Secretary of Belligerence Mike Pompeo, and our current vice president Mike Pence may be three of those nutsos. I hope not. But then, George W. Bush did start the 2nd war on Iraq after 9/11, a group of terrorist attacks that wouldn’t have happened had Bush’s evil father, George H.W. Bush, not started the first war on Iraq in 1991.
But the Israel angle of the obsession with Iran isn’t the only reason why U.S. bureaucrats and military have been invading, bombing, murdering and occupying in the Middle East. There are also the oil and other natural resources. But the U.S. has plenty of oil. No need to get involved in that Middle Eastern region for oil. There is also this obsession with Israel and the Middle east for “geopolitical, strategic” purposes, i.e. the compulsive need of some career government parasites to have control over not only their fellow people but over people in foreign lands. But I think that, deep down, the politicians such as U.S. Presidents just like to bomb and destroy whole parts of the world, because they are psychopaths. The Iran stuff specifically, however, is mainly all about Israel. The Biblical True Believers believe in an expanded Greater Israel, and they will do what they think they have to to get their Greater Israel.
Ron Paul explains why he doesn’t trust Trump on Iran. Because the bureaucrats and neocons in Warshington have been giving us nothing but lies in the past many years now to justify their aggressions overseas.
Caitlin Johnstone explains how the bureaucrats and neocons have been lying constantly, but that the American sheeple continuously swallow the lies, hook, line and sinker, and points to several other articles debunking Trump’s claims about Iranian general Soleimani.
Whitney Webb says that a dubious official story masks the true motives behind the Soleimani assassination.
And finally, Robert Wenzel explains Tulsi Gabbard’s dilemma regarding her fellow military personnel possibly being sent to the Middle East for no good reason.
Moon of Alabama says that the U.S. will come to regret the Trump administration’s assassination of Qassim Soleimani. Eric Margolis says that faux tough guy Trump reinforces America’s image as “Murder, Inc.”, but has “boosted his standing with Republican/Evangelical voters” (and Israel). Patrick Cockburn says the assassination was an “act of escalation by President Donald Trump that ensures that Iraq faces a violent future.”
And David Stockman says, “the US military-industrial complex’s greed and appetite for power and pelf is so voracious that it will embrace any and all missions anywhere on the planet – no matter how stupid or futile or immoral, as per the case of 19-years in Afghanistan – that keep the budgetary loot flowing.
“Accordingly, the Washington apparatus conspires to keep the 35 Mideast bases in place and to trigger actions like last night’s insane assassination of Iran’s foremost military leader in order to reify the threat and to periodically stoke tensions and counterattacks that keep missions alive and the forces deployed.”
Well, I am sure that the military contractors (a.k.a. the “Merchants of Death”) love the profits they rake in from all the death and destruction their products cause. And of course there’s that military-news media-propaganda revolving door, with all the high-up military bureaucrats or retired bureaucrats making their appearances on MSNBC, CNN, etc.
But I think that the lunatics in the CIA have psy-opped the easily malleable Donald Trump to turn him from wanting to “end the endless wars” into being a mindless neocon robot thug suffering from short-sightedness and not able to see the guaranteed blowback that will come about by his acts of aggression in foreign lands.
The CIA wants the blowback, to ensure more U.S. military aggressions overseas, to justify the continuing existence of an agency that never should have existed in the first place, and to justify the CIA’s always expanding budgets. Secretary of State Mike Bombpeo is a former CIA director, and a former member of the “House Constitution Caucus” that long ago became the House Constitution Carcass because the members endorse all the unconstitutional U.S. military wars and aggressions.
See Jon Basil Utley on Mike Pompeo’s Christian Zionist fanaticism and belief in “End Times,” and see the NYT: “The Rapture and the Real World: Mike Pompeo Blends Belief and Policy.”
These people are nuts. It’s an enmeshment of zealous religious fanaticism and power-mad bureaucrats. Not good. Warshington is literally insane.
And by the way, prior to these current conflicts that Trump is causing, Warshington had been inflicting sanctions on Iran, which in and of themselves are an act of war, a provocation by Obama-Trump against Iran.
Here is Congressman Ron Paul in 2012 arguing in opposition to sanctions on Iran:
And this anti-Iran crapola has been going on for decades now. When CIA goons imposed a coup on Iran in the 1950s, Operation Ajax, and then supported the prime minister’s replacement, the “Shah,” and his police state Savak, that obviously caused blowback and contributed to the radicalizing of many Iranians leading to the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the taking of American hostages in Iran.
Short-sighted CIA and other U.S. bureaucrats and “Regime Change” crusaders have resented Iran for the hostage taking ever since then, even though the U.S. bureaucrats themselves caused it. Because of their short-sightedness they could not see that the CIA’s own interventions in Iran for the 25 years previous to 1979 caused the blowback.
The same thing goes for Iraq. In 1991 the late President George H.W. Bush started a war of aggression by the U.S. military against Iraq, a country that was of NO threat to the United State. The neocon war criminal obviously could see that the Cold War was ending and there was no more threat by the U.S. government’s enemy the Soviet Union, which collapsed on its own weight. The neocons and U.S. government apparatchiks needed a new enemy to provoke and to justify higher “defense” budgets, more CIA power and control and a greater police state to keep their own fellow Americans in submission.
And that is why Bush Sr. started that war against Iraq, promoted with lies and propaganda, which included bombing and destroying civilian water and sewage treatment centers and electrical facilities, which caused the Iraqi people to have to use untreated water which led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. This policy of war crimes and death and destruction was continued by President Bubba Clinton who continued the sanctions and no-fly zones on Iraq which prevented the shipments of needed medical supplies and construction materials to rebuild the water and sewage treatment centers that the evil Bush regime destroyed. This all occurred during the 10 years before 9/11, by the way.
But Trump already became a war criminal on his first day in office, in which he immediately authorized drone strikes, killing mainly innocent civilians. In just two months Trump escalated the drone strikes by 432% more than Obama’s drone strikes. See: U.S. airstrike kills family of eight, U.S. drone strike kills three civilians and four “suspects,” and Trump has killed beautiful babies in four countries. And after Trump’s assassination drone last week, he couldn’t wait to unleash more drone strikes that killed 6 medics as part of a medical convoy. Duh, Donald.
But after 3 years, Trump’s civilian death toll is in the thousands. War criminal. (But would the retards in Congress impeach Trump for that? Of course not. They are impeaching him for being nasty, for being rude and saying things they don’t like! That’s what morons we have in Congress! They are also impeaching him for wanting to “Drain the Swamp”! Which he is NOT doing, by the way. THEY and their cohorts in the bureaucracy would be drained!)
So, don’t believe anything these criminals in Warshington say, especially regarding their drooling for more wars! These wars are all based on lies. The bloodthirsty neocons and warmongers have been lying their way to war, propagandizing the people to support them. Don’t believe a word they are telling you. In fact, when the warmongers of Warshington do these things, just assume they are lying, and don’t support them.
But will the American people ever learn? I think not. People are extremely brainwashed with American Exceptionalism and all the Orwellian nonsense especially since 9/11, so I am not holding my breath. And will there be severe blowback from The Donald’s idiocy, like a cyber attack? (Is Trump getting bad advice from his CIA handlers to start a new war, because his swamp creatures want him to lose his reelection bid? Or is it possible that Trump is making bad moves now because he just doesn’t want to get reelected? Hmm.)
Actually, if there were a cyber attack, or another bombing like the Boston Marathon bombing, it would probably be the CIA causing it, as in false flag. Wouldn’t surprise me. They’re insane in Warshington. And that is what bureaucracy (.pdf) gives us.
Happy New Year, everybody. So Donald Trump decided to start the new year by going into neocon puppet mode and bombing and killing an Iranian general who was allegedly targeting and killing Americans in Iraq. But why are Americans in Iraq in the first place? is the question we must ask.
I’ll get to that a little later. I really wanted to start this with the Democrats and the people on the left. We are in an election year, and, while Republicans are bad enough, the Democrats are quite the cheaters and sore losers. They don’t like the outcome of a presidential election so they aid and abet the national security state’s narrative of Trump-Russia collusions and “hacking the election,” none of which occurred, and they have Congressional investigations, the 2-year Mueller fishing expedition and exoneration, and when that’s not enough they use a CIA flunky in the White House and call him a “whistleblower” which he is not, and do more investigations and even a House impeachment based on a phone call, repeatedly and erroneously describing the phone call with a foreign leader as asking the foreign leader to “investigate a Trump election opponent,” which it wasn’t in any way, and then have an election year Senate trial for no good reason.
And that is just one dirty way that today’s Democrats are cheating, first with trying to overturn a legitimate election of 2016 and then by trying to tarnish the 2020 election with all the aforementioned. But not only that regarding the presidential election but with other elections as well. Democrats won’t allow requiring IDs for voting. They don’t seem to mind requiring IDs for cashing a check or flying, but not for voting. They say that’s “racist,” although minorities are just as capable of providing an ID as others are. No, the real reason is because the Democrat activists want voter fraud and cheating in elections. There are also same-day voting registration and automatic registration with license renewal, etc. Not only those things, but there’s this new scheme called “ranked-choice” voting the latest way for mainly Democrats to complicate voting enough so that the actual winner of the election loses the election.
Republicans are bad too, don’t get me wrong here. Like in the 2000 election when Al Gore won in Florida, but the Republican majority on the Supreme Court rubber-stamped a Bush-Cheney win. Hmm, it seems like that was just yesterday, for some reason. And as I have already mentioned, the two Establishment parties, Democreep and Rethuglican, are both a criminal racket and should be outlawed, in their making laws to restrict the rights of non-DemoRethug candidates to get on ballots.
And what’s the latest with the 2020 campaign? Now I thought I heard that Democrat Cory Schnooker suspended his campaign, but on the Internet it seems that he hasn’t, although he’s currently at about 2-3% on the daily tracking polls as of this morning. But it is the case that Julian Castrate has “suspended” his campaign. He couldn’t even get 2%.
So the Democrat Party is the “racist party” now? Three white men and a white lady are now in the lead, Joe Kinnock, Burning Cinders, Pete Butternutter, and Elizardbeth Warren. (I guess the Democrats don’t want another minority president again just yet after 8 years of Obama?) And no, Liawatha is not a “minority”! Others who are now out of the race also include Kamala Harris and NY Mayor Bill duh Blasio. (See how national security bureaucrats have groomed Mayor Pete for future power-grabbing, and see his road-to-communism economic plan. Yay!)
Okay, okay, I’ll stop it with the making fun of people’s names. It’s Christmas, after all. And New Year’s, etc.
Continuing here. The Republicans are bad too, and communists just like the Democrats. For instance, regionally speaking, in New England there are two liberal Republican governors, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts. As I have mentioned here before, Sununu signed the bills for “transgender rights” and anti-“conversion therapy” into law, just a few weeks before his reelection in 2018. So Sununu doesn’t believe in private property rights or freedom of thought and conscience.
And now, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker — or should I say, Charlie “Half-Baker,” especially more recently in his and his Bacon Hill cohorts’ frantic conniving and scheming to find a way to spend the state’s $1 billion budget surplus! Hmm, they have a surplus of $1 billion and so they are trying to figure out just how to spend it. Doh!
How to spend the people’s money that these bureaucrats stole from the people! Hey, here’s an unusual suggestion: why not give it back to the people! Ya think? It’s their money, and obviously it is a billion dollars more than your already bloated budget calls for, so you in the gubmint don’t need it! (Alas, that never occurs to greedy, power-mad, thieving government parasites. Oh, well.) Like Democrats and leftists, many of today’s Republicans and conservative statists live off the hard labor of the workers.
So with Republicans like these, who need communists? Speaking of communist Republicans, Laurence Vance had this recent post on “Marco Rubio: Republican Communist, Rubio wants the U.S. government to have a ‘pro-American industrial policy’.” (That’s actually more fascism than communism, although in my view they are both the same, with fascism having a slight pretense of private property which isn’t even private property because the real owners are the gubmint and its bureaucrat criminals. But I digress.)
And Charlie Half-Baker is also a fascist, in his constantly banning things, like menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco and vaping products, banning “conversion therapy” just like NH Gov. Sununu did. Baker also signed a bill restricting opioid drug prescriptions, ordering schools to screen students for addiction risk, and concocting a state “Prescription Monitoring” database. So much for doctor-patient privacy, fascist half-baker.
And nationally, the Republicans are terrible and yes communist-like in their anti-immigration, anti-foreigner drooling. They oppose free markets and private property rights in their wanting not only bureaucratic restrictions and a police state to prevent foreigners from entering “our” country, but an actual physical government wall on the border. You can read all my elaborations on those points regarding the immigration issue in this post, if you are interested.
When it comes to freedom and free markets, in a free society everyone has the freedom to come and go as they please, and everyone has the freedom to buy and sell whatever they want and to and from anyone they want, without any bureaucrat’s authorization required, including one’s labor and employment, as long as they are peaceful, as long as they don’t violate the person or property of others.
Unfortunately, many in the anti-immigration crowd believe in this myth that the whole territory is “property” that is being violated or trespassed by “unauthorized” people, in the same way that someone breaks into someone’s home. But no, the territory as a whole is not a parcel of property, it is just a territory. There is no such common or public or U.S. citizen ownership of the territory as a whole, because that would imply that everything within the territory is commonly owned, and would negate the idea of private property.
And like many of today’s Democrats and leftists, many of today’s Republicans and conservatives are also narcissists and moral relativists. We see that in their being True Believers in the false god of American Exceptionalism, in their blind worship of the national security state and the military.
For instance, most of the “conservatives” I have heard in the past day or so have been showing support for Donald Trump’s bombing and killing of the Iranian general in Iraq. Their rationale is that the general is responsible for “killing Americans in Iraq.” But wait a minute, why are there Americans, specifically U.S. military, in Iraq? Why have they ever been there? Are there Iraqi soldiers here in the U.S.? Of course not. We would see them as … “invaders”! So, if people actually believed in the Golden Rule, they would see U.S. military in Iraq as invaders in the same way, because that’s exactly what they are.
A lot of people are also ignorant, respond emotionally to government propaganda, such as post-9/11, and cheer their government’s crimes on without question. But when someone points out that the U.S. government invaded Iraq in 1991 and occupied and bombed the Middle East prior to 9/11 and that there wouldn’t have been a 9/11 were it not for President George H.W. Bush starting that first Iraq War in 1991, then the obedient sheeple accuse one of “siding with the terrorists,” and all other expressions of their government-worship brainwashing.
That’s an example of the conservative/nationalists’ short-sightedness and inability to question or challenge their believed rulers, and their Dear Leader Donald Trump as well.
Another example regarding this Iran paranoid propaganda stuff is that I hear the national security “experts” and talk radio ditto-heads constantly referring back to the 1979 Iranian Revolution including their taking of Americans hostage, but not to times prior to that.
The conflict with Iran goes back to the 1950s, started by the CIA, which after taking down Iran’s democratically elected prime minister the CIA then supported the Shah’s police state “SAVAK.” (And it’s really all about oil, as well.) So, if the CIA didn’t engage in all that tyranny against Iranians, which reinforced a growing Islamic extremist movement, there probably wouldn’t have been a hostage taking and “Revolution.”
But many people believe in this American Exceptionalism crap, in which the U.S. government may invade and occupy and bomb other countries, but certainly not the other way around. They believe that the U.S. government has some sort of moral authority over those other countries that those other countries don’t have over the U.S. So, rejection of the Golden Rule and belief in moral relativism are the highlights of today’s “conservatives” and the Republican Party. (See Laurence Vance on the madness of the military mindset, by the way.)
So of course the bloodthirsty warmongers who believe in American Exceptionalism support more bombing in Iraq, Iran, Syria, and all points between. I think they really just love the idea of bombing foreigners, quite frankly.
And so in the new year of 2020 we will have another useless election that won’t result in any change for the better, because it is a choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee, a choice between one criminal or criminal-wannabe and another criminal or criminal wannabe. In USSA Amerika the culture has dumbed down and we have lost the basic sense of morality and common decency, the sanctity of private property and the principles of self-ownership and non-aggression that “America” was founded on. Happy New Year!
Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams discuss Donald Trump’s latest warmongering blunder, Trump’s possibly sending 14,000 more troops to the Middle East to, as John McCain would say, “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran,” etc., etc.
On the RonPaulLibertyReport YouTube page, it notes: “So much for getting out of endless wars! President Trump has announced that he is sending 14,000 more US troops to the Middle East and may even send more. The reason is the manufactured ‘Iran threat’ that Trump continues to delude himself over. Neocons are thrilled. So are Saudi Arabia and Israel, who would love nothing more than to have the US fight and die in their wars. But what about America first?”
Dr. Paul asked, Where are the Constitutionalists? (As Laurence Vance points out in an article today, they hardly exist. He cites “The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution.” And, as he writes, “There are fifty-three Republicans in the Senate. The average Republican score is only 31.75 percent. Twenty-three Republicans senators scored 20 percent or lower, including three who received a zero. Aside from the two Republican senators who scored a perfect 100 percent, only 5 of them scored above 50 percent.”)
Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams say that no one believes Iran attacked Saudi Arabia.